Calendar for the week

Little Murders: See Thursday.
Love! Valour! Compassion!: See Thursday.
Southwest Film and Video Festival: See Thursday.

saturday
may 10
James: The melancholic British band--aren't they all?--has made its mark with a spare, barren sound that belies an underlying passion and complexity. Brian Eno produced the group's best-selling disc to date, 1993's Laid. Touring behind its latest album, Whiplash, James performs Saturday, May 10, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Third Eye Blind, and Permission to Breathe share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $13, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

N ight Run for the Arts: The annual fund raiser for Scottsdale Center for the Arts features a herd of glow-lighted athletes competing in a variety of events, including an 8K run, a 5K fitness walk and a one-mile fun run/walk/art stroll. It starts at 7:30 Saturday, May 10, at the center's amphitheater, 75th Street and Main; registration precedes at 6:30, and a party follows at 8:15. The entry fee is $15; all proceeds benefit SCA. For details call 994-2787.

Shyama: If you see only one subcontinental dance drama this year, make it this 1939 tragedy by Bengali poet, philosopher and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The Shakti Dance Company of Los Angeles presents the work, a fusion of a north Indian dramatic form and the traditional south Indian dance style named the Bharata Natyam. Showtime is 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams. Tickets are $18, $15 for students, available at Phoenix Civic Plaza and Dillard's box offices; proceeds benefit Arizona State University's Bengali Studies program. For details call 262-7272 or 503-5555.

Silverchair: Love it or loathe it, the Australian trio almost single-handedly created punk-rock's raging youth movement that includes the Valley's Chronic Future. The mid-teenage 'chairs perform a matinee on Saturday, May 10, at Club Rio, 430 North Scottsdale Road in Tempe. Local H, and Automatic share the bill. Showtime is 3 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster. call 894-0533 or 784-4444.

Battlefield Band: Splendid Scottish strains at Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10. The center's located at 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $15, available at the center and Ticketmaster; call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

Little Murders: See Thursday.
Love! Valour! Compassion!: See Thursday.
Our Lady of the Tortilla: See Friday.
Jimmy Rogers: See Friday.
Seven Guitars: See Friday.
Southwest Film and Video Festival: See Thursday.

sunday
may 11
National Symphony Orchestra: Conductor Leonard Slatkin, former head of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, leads the NSO in a program that includes Bernstein's Candide Overture; Brahms' Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Opus 98; Ives' The Unanswered Question; and Nelson's Panels (Epiphanies II). Showtime is 7 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. Tickets are $9, $5 for students and kids under 12, available at Gammage and Dillard's; call 965-3434 or 503-5555. (The NSO is also scheduled to perform Thursday, May 8, through Saturday, May 10, at various southern Arizona venues; call 255-5882 for the schedule.)

Kim Abeles: The L.A.-based environmental artist--deservedly lionized for her "smog" series--continues the "Raised on Rock and Roll" lecture forum with a free program titled "Portraits of Movers and Shakers." The presentation is held in conjunction with Phoenix Art Museum's "It's Only Rock and Roll: Rock and Roll Currents in Contemporary Art" (see the Art Exhibits listing). It starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11, in the Whiteman Lecture Hall at PAM, 1625 North Central. Call 257-1880.

Little Murders: See Thursday.
Love! Valour! Compassion!: See Thursday.
Our Lady of the Tortilla: See Friday.
Seven Guitars: See Friday.

monday
may 12
Elizabeth Evans: The Tucson-based author of The Blue Hour and Locomotion reads from her works on Monday, May 12, at Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. The Valley's James Barbour reads first; the event, sponsored by the Writer's Voice of the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley YMCA, starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7, $3.50 for students and seniors; Writer's Voice members get in free. For details call 965-5377.

tuesday
may 13
Gwar: The hysterically garbed members of this cult favorite--including lead vocalist Oderus Urungus, bassist Beefcake the Mighty and dual guitarists Flattus Maximus and Balsac, the Jaws of Death--claim to be space aliens who were trapped beneath the Antarctic ice sheet until now-manager Sleazy P. Martini accidentally reanimated them. The conceptual metal crew returns on Tuesday, May 13, for a show at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Chemlab, and Crushed share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $13.50 in advance, $15 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. Call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

Our Lady of the Tortilla: See Friday.

wednesday
may 14
Syl Johnson: It would be inaccurate to term this Mississippi-born, Chicago-based soul singer a legend, since few outside the Windy City or the R&B cult have heard of him--except, perhaps, in the context of his 1975 crossover version of Al Green's "Take Me to the River," a song Johnson says Green wrote for him. But Syl (real name: Sylvester Thompson) has a legendary voice, by turns tough and transcendently tender, and by all means classic. Johnson'll make you feel like it's 1972 all over again--a good thing, in this case. See the story on page 96. He performs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $10, $8 for Phoenix Blues Society members; a meeting of the society precedes at 7:30. Call 265-4842.

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